Saturday, 14 October 2017

Drugstore vs High End: Where to Save Money on Makeup

If you know me, you'll know I'm somewhat of a crazy makeup lady. I've tried A LOT of different products and as a result, I have a good idea of which items are worth your money and which are a waste. Obviously, if you don't want to spend much money on makeup at all then that's your call, but if you enjoy a more luxury purchase here and there (and everywhere, oops) then this is where to hold on to your pennies rather than splash the cash.
Lipstick is my favourite type of makeup to buy. Every beauty brand has a huge range and there are so many colours and formulas to try that the drugstore has everything you could need. The majority of lipsticks in my collection cost around £6-£10 and I honestly don't find my more expensive lippies to last any longer. (I won't name and shame a certain friend who uses a £1 offering from Wilkos, but whatever floats your boat...) I 100% back Soap and Glory as the best drugstore brand and the Sexy Mother Pucker lipsticks are one of their best lines, 'Cinnamon Beige' is the perfect brown nude. For liquid lipsticks, I'm obsessed with the Collection Velvet Kiss in 'Caramel', an exact colour match for Mac's Velvet Teddy, and The Body Shop's Matte Lip Liquids. Also worth a look is No.7, Sleek, Tanya Burr and Kiko.

I tend to favour affordable powder products in general and less is definitely more when it comes to blusher. Most shades suit any skin tone, so it's easy to find one you like. For cream blush I love the H&M (an unexpected contender, I know) hexagonal ones released as part of their revamped beauty range. I also have a few shades of the Milani Baked Blushes which are actually really bold and pigmented. No.7 at Boots also have a big shade range so check that out.

Again, Soap and Glory come through with Solar Powder - it contains two shades so you can easily build up the colour you want. Tanya Burr Cosmetics also do some nice shades with 'Beach Bronze' and 'Chasing The Sun'. My favourite contour shade is 'Fawn' by Anastasia Beverly Hills and although ABH is really a high end brand, I buy the Pro Series Contour Kit refill which is only £4 on Beauty Bay - life hack!

Having worn winged eyeliner most days for the past five years, I'd like to think I really know my stuff here. I use felt tip style pens rather than liquid and my flicks turn out pretty much the same regardless of which brand I use. All I want is something jet black that won't smudge. My top awards go to Soap and Glory (as always), Seventeen and Nyx.

As someone with acne prone skin, foundation and concealer are my top priority makeup wise and I've found that drugstore offerings just don't cut it - the exception here is Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer which is actually really good. I also much prefer high end eyeshadow palettes as they have significantly better pigmentation and stay in place much longer. The rest of my makeup bag is a mix of high end and affordable, but I find mascara and brow products vary hugely in quality from brand to brand. Let me know if you have any (cruelty free) drugstore recommendations!